Thursday, June 16, 2016

Recruiting for The Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program

NOW RECRUITING FOR THE MIKE MANSFIELD FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is now recruiting for the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program. This program provides up to ten federal employees with one year of professional development and networking opportunities in Japan. It was established by the U.S. Congress in 1994 to build a corps of U.S. federal government employees with proficiency in the Japanese language and practical, firsthand knowledge about Japan and its government. The Mansfield Fellowship Program includes seven weeks of language training in Ishikawa Prefecture and ten months of professional assignments in the government of Japan. During the one-year program, Fellows will develop an in-depth understanding of Japan’s government and its policymaking process and create networks of contacts with their counterparts in the Japanese government, charitable, business, and academic communities. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to mid-career government employees with a professional interest in Japan. Successful candidates will join a diverse pool of Mansfield Fellows who currently serve in senior positions with the U.S. government. Fellowship Components The one-year Fellowship Program consists of two components: • Seven-week homestay and language training program in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan • Ten months of placements in the government of Japan and other organizations During the program, Fellows are offered living allowances and other educational support benefits. Eligibility • Fellows must be federal employees with at least two consecutive years of federal government service by, and immediately preceding, July 1, 2017 • Fellows must obtain the authorization of an agency official before applying • Fellows must be detailed by their home agency to the Foundation for the full duration of the Fellowship year from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 • After completing the program, Fellows are required to serve at least two years in the federal government, where it is anticipated they will continue to work on projects and issues concerning Japan and U.S.-Japan relations Application Process Please visit to find out more about the application and selection procedures. Applications are due on October 31, 2016. Interested applicants are encouraged to reach out with additional questions to the Mansfield Foundation office at (202) 347-1994, or via email at

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